Nothing spells summer quite like the sweet smell of mango. The king of fruits is enjoyed at most stages of its ripeness and we absolutely love the dramatic shift of flavours that makes the sweltering Indian summer bearable. Its versatility is another highlight – you can toss it into a salad, blend it into aamras or smoothie, use it in curries and gravies for a sweet and tangy twist or simply puree into a refreshing cocktail. With the mango season in full swing, we celebrate the king of fruits with a
compilation of our best mango recipes.
Pickles and Chutneys
An after-meal treat from a Bengali kitchen, this is a sweet and tangy chutney made using tomato, date, raisin, fennel seed, ginger, mustard seed, sugar, salt, lemon juice and – wait for it – aam papad!
2. Mango Avakaya
Andhra Pradesh’s summer is incomplete without making this fiery mango avakaya pickle. It is a glorious mix of mustard (ava) and mango (kaya) and is loaded with chillies and other spices for that lip-curling experience.
3. Mango and Pomegranate Salsa
Dice tomato, mango, jalapeno and coriander and mix it with pomegranate seeds, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper in a bowl. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and your salsa is ready!
4. Mango and Avocado Salsa
Bored of your usual chip and dip combo? Try this mango and avocado salsa. All you need is mango, avocado, onion, minced garlic, jalapeno, coriander, lime, honey, salt and pepper.
5. Raw Mango Chutney
Why go for store-bought dips when you can whip up this delicious mango chutney in less than 15 minutes at home. Make a large batch and enjoy with dal-chawal, parathas and even chips! Psst…you can even use it in desserts if you please.
6. Quick Mango Pickle
Spruce up your meals with this instant raw mango pickle aka jhatpat kairi ka achaar. Just add red chilli powder, ground fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, salt, and groundnut oil in a bowl. Add chopped green mango, mix well and your quick mango pickle is ready to eat.
7. Kairi, Kathal and Sirka Pickle
For this pickle, raw mango, raw jackfruit and sugarcane vinegar are cooked together in water. Then, finished off with a tempering of mustard oil, whole red chilli, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, carom seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida and a few other ingredients before keeping it in the sun.
Soups, Snacks and Appetisers
8. Melon and Mango Dhokla Salad
Trust chef Ranveer Brar to take leftovers and turn those into innovative dishes. Here, he puts together a refreshing and delicious salad with pieces of dhokla, mango pulp, raw mango, watermelon and green chutney.
9. Mango Caesar Salad
The classic Caesar salad gets a fruity twist as LF host Gurdip Kohli Punj adds the king of fruits in the salad as well as the dressing. If you love lunch recipes that can be ready under 15 minutes, this salad can be your go-to.
11. Grilled Chicken with Mango and Avocado Salad
Grilled chicken breasts with a mango, avocado, and lettuce salad makes for a great tropical-inspired meal when you can’t opt for outdoor grilling.
12. Aam Man
Crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside, aam man is a ripe mango fritter that can double up as dessert. Mango slices are first marinated in oil and powdered spices such as black pepper and red chilli powder, coated in refined flour and dessicated coconut, and fried until golden brown.
13. Chickpea and Mango Sundal
Chickpeas, butter beans, and raw mango are tossed in oil with mustard seed, curry leaves, asafoetida, rock salt, red chilli, turmeric, and grated coconut to make this south Indian snack. It is finished off with lemon juice and coriander leaves.
14. Cajun Fish Skewers with Mango Salsa
Any firm fish will work for this cajun-spiced appetiser. For this recipe, bite-sized pieces of fish are marinated in a mixture of olive oil and spices. The fish is grilled on a pan and complemented by a side of smoky red bell pepper, onion and mango salsa.
15. Mango Fish
These appetising fish parcels are flavoured with schezwan sauce, soy sauce, mustard paste, chopped ginger, lemon juice, crushed black pepper and salt and baked with lemongrass and raw mango slices.
16. Masala Papad Taco with Achari Chicken
Achari chicken, which is basically meat cooked in pickling spices, is a popular north Indian delicacy eaten with either naan or rice. Chef Ranveer Brar gives it a Mexican makeover by presenting it as a taco. Instead of a taco shell, this dish uses roasted papad and it is garnished with onion, green apple, mint leaves, and nylon sev.
No wedding in Himachal Pradesh is complete without mahini or mahni. It is a sweet and sour curry made using raw mango and split black gram.
19. Green Mango Rice
An easy recipe from Andhra kitchens, this green mango rice can be whipped up in minutes with some leftover rice. It can be a go-to for people between office work and home chores amid the lockdown.
20. Mango Cupcakes
Satisfy your dessert cravings with these four-ingredient mango cupcakes. Semolina, condensed milk, mango pulp, and baking powder is all you need to make these baked goodies. You can save some mango pulp to decorate the cupcakes or eat it as is.
Love experimenting? Try this unique dessert which has mango and rice flour balls cooked in sugar syrup and served in a coconut shell with coconut milk and ice. Maaaango is garnished with cherries and mango slices.
22. Mango Payasam Panacotta
From chef Rakhee Vaswani's kitchen, the mango payasam panacotta is a layered dessert consisting of dal payasam, mango puree, and baked crumble.
23. Steamy Devil’s Cake
Don't have an oven? Don't worry, bake this light and airy chocolate and mango cake by chef Gautam Mehrishi in your rice cooker. This baked treat goes well with tea.
Savour the flavours of Awadhi cuisine in the comfort of your home with this green mango recipe. Shakramba is a mouthwatering blend of mango, semolina, sugar and spices.
25. Baked Mango Yogurt
For fans of quick and simple desserts, this baked mango yogurt is a godsend. It requires just five ingredients - fresh cream, condensed milk, hung curd, mango puree, and ground cardamom - and can be baked within 20 minutes. Please note that this recipe can be adapted to showcase the fruit of the season - from strawberries in winter to jamuns around monsoon.
Here's another five-ingredient dessert recipe for those who don't like to spend hours in the kitchen. For this recipe, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients together, transfer it into a glass, and let it chill in the refrigerator for about 40 to 50 minutes.
27. Mango Mood
Missing those fancy tipples from your favourite bar? Whip up this mango mood recipe in the comfort of your home. This boozy drink combines four types of spirits with aam panna, lime juice and soda.
28. Chocolate Jello Milkshake
This summer, treat your kids with a loaded mango milkshake with milk, jello, chocolate syrup and ice cream. It can be prepared in less than 20 minutes and is quite filling.
29. Mango and Chia Seed Smoothie
With the goodness of a superfood, this thick and creamy mango and chia seed smoothie not only makes for a refreshing summer drink but also a filling breakfast idea.
30. Aam Panna
Beat the summer heat with this refreshing kairi panha aka aam panna instead of the store-bought cola. It is prepared by cooking raw mango pulp and sugar with salt, roasted cumin powder and cardamom powder.
31. Mango Coco Smoothie
While mango is the star ingredient in this smoothie, it also uses cocoa powder, dates, peaches, orange juice, coconut milk, carrots and jaggery to up the health quotient and make it yummier.
32. Meen Kuzhumbu
Chef Kunal Kapur and chef Shribala's version of the Meen Kuzhumbu, a tangy fish curry from the Sangam era, features drumsticks and raw mango. It is best served with a bowl of piping hot rice and some kachumber salad.